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State of Research recognizes Fisher faculty, partnerships

Published: 2013-11-06

W.C. Benton, Jr.

Professor of Operations and Systems Management W.C. Benton, Jr.

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at The Ohio State University, delivered the annual State of Research address at the Ohio Union today — and Fisher College of Business thought leaders, collaborations, and partnerships were well represented.

Whitacre stressed the importance of interdisciplinary connections throughout the address, citing the research of W.C. Benton Jr., professor of operations and systems management at Fisher, and Albert de la Chapelle, a prominent cancer researcher in the College of Medicine.

“Dr. de la Chapelle’s research team, familiar with Dr. Benton’s work on the economics of cardiovascular surgery, invited Dr. Benton to develop a cost-effectiveness dimension to their colorectal cancer research,” Whitacre explained. “The results of their research on the feasibility of universal screening for Lynch Syndrome, the most common inherited form of colorectal cancer, were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“As a consequence, the Comprehensive Cancer Center recently launched a statewide initiative to screen newly-diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their biological relatives for Lynch Syndrome at 42 hospitals throughout Ohio.”

The address also focused on the importance of strategic partnerships with industry, including the IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics, a collaboration between Ohio State, Fisher, and other corporate partners that aims to create analytics jobs in the region as well as develop curricula to help students gain the latest skills in analytics and prepare for high value careers. Said Whitacre: “The first-of-its-kind technology, R&D, and client service lab will function as an education and training hub for advanced data research, big data, and cognitive computing.”

At the conclusion of her remarks, Whitacre announced the Innovator of the Year Awards. The student award went to Kinshuk Mitra of the College of Engineering for his work in developing a technology designed to better detect cancer called OncoFilter. Last spring, the OncoFilter team, including Mitra, six Fisher MBA students, an undergraduate Fisher student, and two biomedical engineering students, won first place at the Ohio State Business Plan Competition, organized by Fisher’s Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute in the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Watch a video of the address and read more about the Innovator of the Year Awards.